I enjoyed the premise of this book which centers on Lincoln as a dog and animal advocate. The author Matthew Algeo weaves a tale spun out of extensive research to piece together the events of so long ago. At the time that Lincoln was elected President, it was going to be no easy task to travel from Illinois to Washington DC, and he didn’t think that his dog Fido would survive the journey.
There isn’t much written down, and so much of the book depicts the lifestyles of people in Springfield, IL during the time and covers the attitudes most people took towards animals and pets. Fido was alive from 1855-1866, and so the facts and pictures are all from that time. I thought it was interesting that Fido became one of the most popular dog names after images of him were in newspapers.
Lincoln took great care finding a home for Fido and breaking the news to his boys sounded like one of the worst parenting moments ever. As it turns out Fido also met his end by a violent means so sensitive readers may want to skip this book.
Abe & Fido: Lincoln’s Love of Animals and the Touching Story of His Favorite Canine Companion